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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2759

Give them a free hand!

By S.H.Moulana -Riyadh

Sri Lanka’s Cultural Affairs Minister has expressed his opposition to infiltrate the Veddha culture and tradition by making them to play cricket.

The Veddhas are an ancient indigenous population in Sri Lanka like the Aborgine of Australia and the Maori of New Zealand.

We believe it is up to the Veddha population to decide what is good or bad for them.

Aborginal population in Australia has so far produced top educationalists including the prominent lawyer and right activist, Noel Pearson while their athlete Cathy Freeman had won an Olympic Gold Medal for 400 meters. in the Sydney Olympic 2000.

Evonne Goolangong world number one ranked female tennis player dominated during her time with 14 Grand Slam titles. In cricket they had the famous fast bowler Jason Gillespie, who claimed a good number of wickets in ODIs as well as in Tests.

Since the European sports were introduced to New Zealand, Maori have taken them up with great enthusiasm.
Netball and rugby have proved more popular with them. Many of New Zealand’s greats have been from Maori. How one can forget George Nepia?

The most recent sport stars who figured prominently are; Wayne ‘Buck’ Shelford, who captained All Black – New Zealand’s rugby side, Lisa Carrington the Olympic Gold Medal winning canoeist, Riki Ellison, the American footballer and Shane Cameron the famous boxer.

Having all these records why should we lock the poor Veddhas up, alone, from playing cricket in a democratic society, while Aborgine and Maori keep bringing glory to their respective countries?

Who knows that we might produce a terrific fast bowler or a dynamic batsman or even an Olympic Gold medalist from our own Veddhas!

- Asian Tribune -

A Veddha Family in Sri Lanka
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